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18 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Jasmine Riley - 20 Sep 2018

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This weekend is a big one, guys. There’s footy, art, food, trains, food, dancing, footy, oh, and more food. Regardless if you’re tuning into the big game, or trying to tune your main squeeze, we’ve pretty much got you sorted (and don't forget to check out list of Grand Final events in Melbourne for extra info).

Here are 18 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

All Weekend

DJs At Section 8

No matter if you’re just kicking things off, nursing a hangover or three days deep in a bender, Section 8 has got you covered. Open all weekend, the container bar will kick things off Friday night with Daydream’s Maxwell S, Toni Yotz, and Interstellar Fugitives’ Georgie Bird. All profits are going to RISE, a not-for-profit that aims to end mandatory detention. Entry is free, so you can spend more towards the good cause.

Where: 27–29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 26 September–Monday 30 September
For more info, click here.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition

The much-hyped exhibition has just opened at Melbourne Museum and features over 200 artefacts from The Nelson Mandela Foundation, plus several pieces from Nelson Mandela’s personal collection. Stretching across 10 galleries, the exhibition is a multi-sensory event and not to be missed. Tickets range from $17.90 to $32 and can be bought here

Where: Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton
When: September 22–March 3, 10am–5pm
For more info, click here.

Gnocchi Week At Cucinetta

The fact that there’s even a week dedicated to Gnocchi means I can die happy now (Gnocchi > everything). Cucinetta may even love the potato puffs more than us, because they’re serving up four types of it from $26 up until Tuesday 2 October.

Where: Cucinetta, 4/3 Murphy Street, South Yarra
When: 26 September–2 October, 12–4pm, 5pm–close.
For more info, click here.

Manhattan Dreaming Exhibition

For the art fans, award-winning Marco Luccio’s latest exhibition Manhattan Dreaming has just opened at Fortyfivedownstairs on Flinders Lane. The exhibition features Luccio’s distinct style of painting busy cityscapes amid traffic and pedestrians. It’s running until late October, so you’ve got plenty of time to catch it.

Where: Fortyfivedownstairs, Flinders Lane, Melbourne
When: 25 September–20 October, 11am–5pm.
For more info, click here.

Riverine Reflections

This one’s an exhibition launched by Malvern architect and art enthusiast, Paul Delany, and will feature the work of Albury artist Chris Ellis. Ellis has been living with Parkinson’s for over 20-years, which saw him having to teach himself to paint with both hands. His paintings reflect his connection with the natural environment and are a homage to the Murray River.

Where: Malvern Artists’ Society, 1297–1299 High Street, Malvern
When: 28 September–30 September, 11am–4pm
For more info, click here.

Thursday 27 September

Rockpool In Residence at Alfred Place

When it comes to culinary excellence, the Rockpool Dining Group know a thing or two. At the end of each month, they host a residency at Alfred Place where they offer guests a fine dining experience. Today's the latest instalment. After lunch, the bar opens up for happy hour serving $7 beers and $19 NV Gosset Excellence Rockpool Cuve.

Where: 7 Alfred Place, Melbourne
When: Thursday 27 September, 12pm–3pm
For more info, click here
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Friday 21 September

¿Club D'érange? X Bizarro

If you’re hunting for a very large Friday night, Bizarro and Club D’erange are taking over the new two-story club Yours&Mine to bring you wavy techno beats from Turkish DJ Zozo, who joins Pjenné and Simon TK (you might recognise them from Daydreams). There are also a bunch more artists playing across the night and morning. Tickets are $16.30, and you can grab them here.

Where: Yours&Mine, 229 Queensberry Street, Melbourne
When: Friday 28 September, 11pm–7am
For more info, click here.

Animals Dancing: Interstellar Funk, Powder, Tolouse Low Trax

Animals Dancing are bringing together an internationally curated section of DJs to the basement of Xe54 this weekend. Amsterdam DJ Interstellar Funk will be making his debut down under, spinning his new wave, multi-dimensional techno beats, as well as Japanese artist Powder, German artist TOLOUSE LOW TRAX and others. Tickets for the event are selling fast and start at around $38. Get yours here.

Where: Xe54, 334 City Road, Southbank
When: Friday 28 September, 10pm–5am
For more info, click here.

Saturday 22 September

Grand Final Day at The Builder’s Arms Hotel

From sunset to sundown, The Builder’s Arms are throwing one heck of a GF Day party. No matter if you’re heading down to the G, swing past from 9 to grab a beer and bacon and egg roll. Alternatively, book a lunch for $65 a head or just enjoy the $2 pots special from midday until the first goal is scored. Options galore.

Where: 211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 29 September, 9am–late
For more info, click here.

Motivational Morning Masterclass

If you’re heading into Spring feeling a little bit lost or weary (we don’t blame you), this one’s for you. Serotonin are chucking a brekky with guest speaker Olympian and Women’s Footballer, Victoria Mitchell, to give you the push you need to keep slaying the game. Tickets are $27.46, and the meal will finish by 9am, so you can get right amongst the footy action.

Where: Serotonin Eatery, 52 Madden Grove, Burnley
When: 29 September 8am–9am
For more info, click here.

The 24-Hour Dance Project

As part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Freya McGrath will be dancing for a full 24-hours, unless somebody decides to step in and take over (this is your chance to bust out those moves you’ve been practising). Forget eating, sleeping or even stopping for a wee, ain't nobody got time for that. The point is to let loose and get weird. Sounds like you? Get tickets here.

Where: Testing Grounds, 1–23 City Road, Southbank
When: Saturday 29 September–Sunday 30 September, 9am–9am
For more info, click here.

Animals Dancing: Pender Street Steppers, Tornado Wallace & Hashman Deejay

For those who aren’t footy crazy. Animals Dancing are putting on another ripper gig full of house, electronic and techno tunes and this time have a pretty killer line up of Australian and Canadian artists and DJs. Pender Street Steppers and Hashman Deejay from Vancouver’s Mood Hut join local fav Tornado Wallace from 10 until the sun comes up.

Where: 28 Francis Street, Melbourne
When: Saturday 29 September, 10pm–6am
For more info, click here.

Dancing In Outer Space At The Gaso

Alright, disco dolls let’s do this. The Gaso will be spinning classic vinyl to get your head bopping and bum wiggling this Saturday night. Funky disco house tuneage and it’s only $10 entry, no brainer really.

Where: The Gasometer, Smith Street, Collingwood
When: Saturday 29, 10pm–2am
For more info, click here.

Sunday 23 September

Magic Mountain x Brookie’s Gin: Juniper & Jungle Feast

This one's for the Gin drinkers. A three-course Thai degustation brought to you by the guys behind Cookie, The Toff in Town, Boney and Revolver Upstairs. Each dish will be paired with Byron Bay’s Brookie’s Gin and built around native ingredients to bring out spice and flavour.

Where: Magic Mountain Saloon, 62 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Sunday 30 September, 1pm–3pm
For more info, click here.

Preston Market Bike Breakfast

For those who aren’t feeling too dusty, get on your bike and get down to the Preston Market for a FREE breakfast. There’s a sausage sizzle, pastries, fruit and coffee vouchers on offer for the first 100 riders that show their helmet on their way in. There’s also a Pimp Your Bike station that has recyclable and sustainable materials on offer to ensure your bike is 100x fresher than anybody else’s.

Where: Preston Market, The Centreway, Preston
When: Sunday 30 September, 8am–3pm
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Twilight Train Ride on Puffing Billy

Australia’s only Climax locomotive (a type of steam train, don't get excited) will take the track at Puffing Billy Railway for a one-off Twilight train ride through the Dandenong Ranges. The trip will board before sunset and will end at Menzies Creek Museum for a carvery dinner and dessert. Tickets range from $79–89 from kids to adults.

Where: 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave
When: Saturday 6 October, 4pm–10.30pm
For more info, click here.

Oktoberfest Tap Takeover at the Plough Hotel

You don’t have to be in Deutschland to properly celebrate Oktoberfest. The Plough Hotel is hosting a three-course lunch to complement your pints, think cheesy beer dip, smoked meats, pretzels, wiener schnitzels, pork knuckles, bratwurst and sauerkraut (oh my). Tickets are $60 and there'll even be blind beer tasting. So, as they say in German, Erst kommt das Fressen, dann die Moral (First comes the food, then the moral – or something like that).

Where: 333 Barkly Street, Footscray
When: Saturday 13 October, 12pm–4pm
For more info, click here.

Hop Fest at Healesville Sanctuary

Over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, the Healesville Sanctuary is hosting a new beer and cider festival, Hop Fest. For the entire weekend, there will be food stalls, live music, craft beers and tastings from a section of Yarra Valley brewers. If you’re not a beer drinker, there will be a Chandon bar serving up Champagne cocktails. Tickets range from $10 for members and children to $49 for adults.

Where: Healesville Sanctuary
When: 3 November–6 November, 9am–5pm
For more info, click here.

Not Too Early At Worksmith

If you work in hospitality (or are thinking of opening a restaurant) Worksmith is running an interesting series of talks called Not Too Early. This one's all about farmers markets and the market model. Tickets are $20 and numbers are limited, so get in quick. The line-up features some of Melbourne's market heavyweights.

Where: Worksmith, 450 Smith St, Collingwood
When: Tuesday 2 October, 11am
For more info, click here

Hungry this weekend? Here's everything open over Grand Final Friday (and the long weekend). 

Image credit: Section 8

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